Eagle takes flight and embarks on 124-mile odyssey to Big Ben

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() The eagle has absconded! Ten days after six birds of prey were given a new home on the Isle of Wight, one of them takes flight and embarks on 124-mile odyssey to Big Ben The male sea eagle, nicknamed Culver, made the journey through the country It was the first long-distance flight by one of the eagles reintroduced to England  Often called 'flying barn doors', the birds had been extinct in England since 1780

By Colin Fernandez Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 23:52 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 23:52 BST, 1 September 2019

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No wild eagle has been seen in the skies of Westminster for centuries.

But incredibly, only ten days after six sea eagles were released in the wild on the Isle of Wight, an adventurous juvenile bird has been spotted flying above Big Ben.

It was the first long-distance flight by one of six eagles reintroduced to England, where they have been extinct since 1780.

The birds – which are also known as white-tailed eagles – are sometimes described as ‘flying barn doors’ because of their impressive 8ft wingspan.

A sea eagle, nicknamed Culver, made a 124-mile journey through southern England – taking in the sights of the capital – before heading to Essex (stock image)

A sea eagle, nicknamed Culver, made a 124-mile journey through southern England – taking in the sights of the capital – before heading to Essex (stock image)

Having been hatched in Scotland and taken to the Isle of Wight, five eagles seemed content to scout out their new home in the Solent.

The sixth, however, apparently had other ideas.

The male sea eagle, nicknamed Culver, made a 124-mile journey through southern England – taking in the sights of the capital – before heading to Essex.

On Saturday at 12.23pm, Culver was tracked flying an incredible 2,300ft in the sky above the capital. His flight was even captured by one eagle-eyed bird enthusiast, although the image taken on Victoria

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